Microsoft Garage's latest project is a dictation add-in for Office

The latest project from Microsoft's experimental Garage division is looking to give your fingers a rest. Simply called Dictate{.nofollow}, the project is an office add-in that helps you eschew your fingers in favor of your voice for typing across Microsoft's Office apps.

The add-in works pretty much as you'd expect from a piece of dictation software. Dictate lives in its own section at the top of each app, and can be activated with a click. Just start speaking, and Dictate takes down everything you say — hopefully with accuracy.

Where the add-in gets particularly interesting is with its language support. From the get-go, Dictate can transcribe more than 20 languages. On top of that, you can also translate text in real-time in up to 60 languages.

Dictate works with Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint. If you want to give it a shot, you can grab the add-in from from Microsoft now.

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  • Seems quite accurate, I will see if our fee earners like it
  • I'll give it a try. If it really works as good as Cortana has worked for me in voice recognition, then my mom will love it for her future documents.
  • Well, it works as is expected so I'm happy with it. I just wrote an e-mail for the developers to be sure if there's a way to use commands in other languages.
  • Already downloaded and installed.  I'm very curious to see how accurate this is.
  • What about OneNote????
  • This should be a feature available everywhere in Windows 10 ! Not only in Office !
  • Windows already has voice recognition, it's just buried.
  • How does this differ from the existing speech recognition baked into the OS?
  • They need to put on that website in big, bold, red letters "CAUTION: Do not expect this 'Garage' add-in to be functional long-term, and realize that it may just stop working for no reason with no explanation whatsoever from us, with zero support or communications." Still stinging from the loss of Squadwatch on mobile.
  • Yea I miss the live lock app from ms garage it was cool
  • No Windows 7 support even though I am running latest build of Office 2016; FU Microsoft.  
  • Why not turn on the speech recognition that's native in Windows 7?
  • Dictation support was baked in to the OS during the Windows XP days. I did use that feature several times with Word during those days.
  • I really wish Microsoft would go back to the Office 2003 version of voice recognition which is what you're talking about. It had both a dictation mode and a command mode and it never got confused about what I wanted to do because of the two modes being toggled via a keyboard shortcut.
  • This sounds interesting. Will need to test this out and see how well it works. If it works well, this might be a good tool for my son to use for college.
  • Hope it stays. I really loved the office remote add on, but it stopped working with W10M. :@ It was so useful!
  • Good to see that the team behind dictate (garage) is supporting UWP...NOOOOOT
  • This is great, but wasn't the system-wide speech to text feature of mobile coming to PC with the next Redstone, together with the swipe keyboard?
  • Perhaps this is them trying as much as possible to get voice data from around the world to train their speech recognition engine before release in the OS update...
  • It works GREAT, I use OneNote a LOT and would love to see it added to it. Great Job Microsoft Garage!
  • Grabbing it for use with Outlook.
  • This looks like a good project. Hope any new features get baked into the OS eventually, since the W10M style dictation has been added in Fast Ring already it would be good to see it get new features
  • Don`t work on my notebook.
  • thats great and usefull..... but its more great if the 'from' part is avaiable for Indonesian....
  • I installed it, but I can't get the COM ADDIN to work, how might we get support for this. Nice idea